"If your plan is for 1 year, plant rice;
if your plan is for 10 years, plant trees.
But if your plan is for 100 years, educate children." ~Confucious
Paul "Willie" Williamson was a genuine soul: a comical, witty, happy-go-lucky man capable of righting any frown into a happy smile. He brightened anyone's day with his jovial, vibrant spirit. He was a rare jewel, a shining gem. He was also a very focused and a hard working man.
He had a plan...
He had spent tireless, long hours at his business, Willeeze Speedy Lube and Oil Change, and along with his excellent service and knowledge, would provide laughter, a good conversation and sometimes hotdogs, (of which we adored) at no extra charge. His tenacious work ethic was not so much as to make himself rich, but was geared solely in support of his family, and more precisely, to put his son Sean-Paul through college.
On August 26th, 2017, while at his cabin in God's country in Potter county, Pennsylvania, the world lost a shining spirit, a friend, a good man and a dedicated father. Willie's life was cut short at sixty years of age after suffering a fatal heart attack. He leaves behind Lorissa, his wife of 21 years, and his cherished son, Sean-Paul, a junior studying to become a physical therapist at Penn State University , State College, Pa.
Since running a one man business is quite a remarkable challenge nowadays, Willie's income was based solely on what came in the door and what was left after paying the monthly bills. It was not easy, perhaps a juggling act, but he had a plan and it was materializing the day he dropped his son off at State College two weeks ago to begin the Fall semester.
This is the reason as to why this fund raiser is necessary right now.
The cost of attendance at Penn State is just over $36,000. With the cost of meals, room, boarding and all of the other day-to-day living expenses, one soon realizes the cost of completing an education reaches into the tens of thousands of dollars annually!
Sean-Paul is a good kid. After graduating with National Honor Society accreditation from G.A.R High school in 2015 (where he starred in baseball, ice hockey, and golf), he went on to furthur his education at Penn St., Wilkes-Barre campus. The stars were aligning, and after two years he was accepted to continue his educational dream at the Main campus in University Park.
Willie's dream was to see Sean-Paul graduate from Penn State with the class of 2019. This is why we are asking all of you, in honor of our friend Willie, to help Sean-Paul realize his father's dream. We cannot let Sean-Paul lose out on an education he so rightfully deserves. At Penn State, he is currently a Kinesiology major (the study of human muscle movements-a core study needed to become a physical therapist.) He has a plan, too...but he will need financial support.
We are asking all of you to give whatever you can. No amount is too little. All monies will go towards Sean -Paul's educational fund, and quite truthfully, an investment into the future of a hardworking, young gentleman, and to fulfill his father's plan and dream for his son.
Let us thank you in advance for your donation, and in closing, let us remember our friend Paul "Willie " Williamson and the sunshine he brought with his charisma and good natured spirit to all who were fortunate enough to know him.
"A father will provide for and give to his son like no other, for in his son he sees not himself, but how he would dream for his son to be seen, in his own likeness."~WjP
Thank you~ The Friends Of Paul " Willie" Williamson